Human Resource Management (Level 5)

This course is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge of Human Resource Management, both in theory and in practice. It leads to opportunities in HR departments across a wide range of public and private sector organisations. Successful graduates of this course can use their QQI certificate to progress to higher level studies in the Higher Education Institutes.

All organisations, regardless of size, have a Human Resource function that deals with HR issues such as recruitment; rights and responsibilities of employees and employers and staff development and training. This course offers an introduction to each of the above areas and so that the student has the theoretical and practical knowledge they need when applying for HR-related positions.

  • QQI Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Business Studies
  • Award Code: 5M2102
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Human Resources
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Business Law
  • Accounting- Manual and Computerised
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing Practice
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • NCI – BA (Hons) Human Resource Management – NC005
  • TU Dublin – BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management – TU 906 (require LCE Maths O6/H7)
  • NCI- BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance – NC022
  • NCI – BA(Hons) Business- NC009
  • UCD – BCommerce (Hons) – DN650 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD – BSc Social Science – DN700
  • UCD- B Business & Law – DN610 (require LCE Maths O2/H6)
  • UCD- B Law – DN600
  • UCD – BSc (Hons) Psychology – DN720
  • Maynooth University BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance – MH403 (require LCE Maths O4/H7)
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2102) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Part-time Courses:

Graduates may apply for part-time Management, Accounting and Finance degree programmes in TU Dublin.

Most major companies have a Human Resources department. Smaller companies usually have an employee whose job is to look after HR issues such as recruitment, staff training and development, labour law, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees and other general Industrial Relations issues. This course offers an introduction to each of these areas and so leaves the student informed and skilled when applying for related company positions.

I attended Ballsbridge College of Further Education as a mature student. I was a bar man in Australia but lost my job so I decided to come home and upskill. After careful thought and on the recommendation of my cousin, I picked the Human Resource Management course in Ballsbridge College.

Due to Covid restrictions I thought, doing a course would be difficult, but from the start I felt very welcomed and the introduction and transition into the course was seamless. I was very nervous as I had not been a student for 10 years, since my Leaving Cert but the classes online were very engaging and all the teachers did a great job to make everyone feel included. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teachers in Ballsbridge College who went out of their way to make the class fun but also professional and never hesitated to answer any questions asked. Although it was a quick year I made some good friends and completed the course with flying colours and could not have done this without all the work the staff of Ballsbridge did behind the scenes. I am sure they worked tirelessly to facilitate and make the course stress free as possible for the students in what was the peak of a difficult time for the country.”  

Craig O’Brien, Human Resource Management graduate, 2021, progressed to Human Resource Management, NCI

I would highly recommend this course! The staff are very friendly and open with their students.  Since graduating from Ballsbridge College, I have gone on to further my education in National College of Ireland, studying on their Human Resource Management course.”  

Denise Frim, Human Resource Management graduate, 2021, progressed to Human Resource Management, NCI

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